'We need help’: Seniors in Monroe Township struggle to recover from Tropical Storm Henri

Many are staying with family and tell News 12 getting flood insurance isn’t easy.

News 12 Staff

Aug 27, 2021, 11:16 AM

Updated 970 days ago

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Some seniors in Monroe Township are still trying to recover from the damage brought by Tropical Storm Henri.
They say they still feel like they’re in the dark on what to do next after the storm wreaked havoc on some parts of the neighborhood and forced some seniors out of their homes.
In the Rossmoor community, homes were flooded and are still recovering from water damage.
Many are staying with family and tell News 12 getting flood insurance isn’t easy.
Fran Klinsk says that FEMA argued that she was not in the flood zone and when she finally was able to convince them to give her flood insurance it was $500 upfront.
“They took me out in a boat—me and the girl next door,” Klinsk says. “They took us out in a boat.”
Water lines, debris and destroyed belongings in her home had to be bagged up and removed. Her dryer was filled with mud and flooding water was inside her refrigerator.
Other neighbors in the area also lost things due to the flooding.
Anna Wernick says she lost belongings from her husband who died.
“I lost a lot of special things of his and that hurt,” Wernick says. “That hurt.”
Others say they were assured when buying a house in the neighborhood that it wouldn’t flood.
Klinsk, meanwhile, has been forced to pay for a hotel out of pocket since the storm. She says it could be November before she’s allowed back into her home.
“We need help,” Klinsk says. “We definitely need help.”
The Monroe Township Office of Emergency Management is establishing a command center within the Rossmoor community where residents affected can get information on next steps they can take. 


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